October Moms Gathering

It’s very common for moms whose EDDs are in the same month to gather together so they can compare milestones and their babies can join play dates with other babies their age. There’re about 300 moms in the main group, so a lot of moms usually congregate in smaller cliques.

Today, the main group organised a gathering so we brought Elise there. Luckily, her friends were all there so we didn’t feel too lonely. There was a buffet spread, popcorn, candy floss and ice cream booth as well as a photobooth. 
Elise and Noah had a long conversation where they baby talked, stared at each other and laughed. It was really cute!
Matty: “No Elise, that’s not how you do a fistbump!”
They decided to just grab hands in the end.
One of the programmes was a Music and Movement class for parents and babies. The instructor told us to maintain eye contact with our child, but Elise kept turning her head to look at Matty and didn’t even look at me! We had zero eye contact. 
It’s actually more tiring for the parents than the babies, because we have to lift them up and down, walk under “bridges” and play with parachutes. I’m not sure if the babies even understood what was going on.  
Babies in a row. This is like 1/3 of the babies present. There was a baby near us who slept right through the session! Hehehe.
Matty: “Guys, guys, chill. I’ve got this.”

Elise: “This rabbit looks tasty.”

Noah: “Matty, what’s that on your head?”

The things that parents do for their children. Afterwards, there was a mass photo shoot involving 50+ babies. It was chaotic and resembled a baby market. There were babies who screamed, babies who screamed after hearing other babies scream, babies who looked frightened, and babies who just looked around. Elise and her friends were the calmer ones. So proud of them. 

The 50+ babies present for the event. It really looks like the babies are for sale or something. 
Our babies, just chillaxing.
The lucky draw prizes were attractive as well! The more attractive prizes were the Parklon Playmat, Tula carrier and Avent Steamer Blender. 

Yvette was aiming for the high chair or Tula, but when the host asked if anyone wanted (to win) the nursing cover, Matty babbled “me, me” and Yvette’s name actually got called! It was so hilarious. I won a nursing cover as well. I don’t exactly need it, but it’s really soft to touch, so I’ve put it in the wash and I’ll try it out. 
Elise had her milk and zonked out. It was fun, well organised, and the babies had a great time!

 Goodie bag included lots of diaper samples, some skincare samples,lactation cookies from Melody Bakes and a baby book. 

Elise’s Full Month Celebration/Budget Party Planning

We held Elise’s baby shower early this month when she was 6 weeks old. According to tradition, girls are supposed to have their Full Month celebration before they turn 1 month old. 

Being particularly rebellious and also not wanting to be all stressed out, I really took my time to plan and research for ideas and caterers, keeping my budget in mind now that neither of us are working at the moment. 


Venue:


Condo Function Room: $100 refundable deposit + $20 cleaning fee

Most people hold it at home or at chalets. My aunt recommended a SAFRA function room, but I was quoted $1,000++ for 4 hours use. I tried to book a multi-purpose hall at the CC but the onePA website was down. 

Another friend offered to link me up with his friend who opened a nice cafe at a yacht club and could give me a friendship rate but it was too inconvenient for my guests to get to. 

So it was back to square one. 

Eventually, a friend who lived in a condominium offered to book the function room for my party and it turned out to be a good decision because the room was bright and spacious. 


Decoration

Pre-loved Scene setters & twirl decoration: $16 off Carousell 
Baby Shower Banner: Hand-me-down

Puffy Name Cushion: $36 from Little Happy Puffs, reusable as room decoration 
Misc: Cardboard and plastic clothes pegs from Daiso, printed 4R photos, marker pens and tape

I had friends who volunteered to come early to help set up. 😀 That’s my dad carrying Elise in the reflection. 

Wish I took a family photo against this backdrop. Tip to new mothers: Please get the first guest to take a family photo if you don’t have a hired photographer. 

Closeup 
DIY guest boards with her name cut out from the cardboard packaging of a Cetaphil baby sample. HAHAHA.

Catering

Neo Garden: ~$800 for 45 pax after 20% SG50 babies promotion

I chose Neo Garden because it was the safest choice. Neo Garden is a large caterer and I can be assured of its taste and portions, plus set-up and collection was fuss-free. 

Actually it’s because I love their Signature Curry Chicken and wanted my guests to enjoy it together with the bee hoon. I topped up $1 per person to change the dessert to Orh Nee for my relatives, added a side order of Honey Drumlets and redeemed free mini Swiss Rolls. /useallthevouchersandpromotions!

Menu: Fried Mee Hoon, Pineapple Fried Rice, Mushroom Broccoli, Curry Chicken, Honey Drumlets, Cereal Prawns, Spring rolls & Sotong balls, Mini chocolate eclairs, Swiss Rolls, Orh Nee & Iced Lemon Tea 

Yes, the food tasted just as nice. Totally yum yum in my tum tum. HAHAHA. Kidding. I didn’t even have time to finish one serving on my plate because I was walking around and talking to people 🙁 

I did have it for dinner that day though. 

After most guests left, my friends helped to pack the food into plastic containers so we cleared out the metal trays completely. I LIKE! I hate seeing perfectly edible food go to waste. 

 Full Month Gift Boxes

The Event

It was a small and cosy event with close relatives and friends, but even then, I didn’t have enough time for each group and it made me feel quite bad for some friends who didn’t know anyone else there.

I’m glad I organised this celebration for her, so she’ll have photos to look back on when she’s older. 

Elise received many presents that day from everyone who loved her, but Grandaunt Amy outdid everyone else with this:


She spent evenings and late nights cutting and gluing the pieces together to create this wonderful and interactive quiet book. I’d known of the idea when I was pregnant but never started it. It’s such a thoughtful, sincere and priceless gift.

It’ll definitely come in handy when she grows older as I don’t like the idea of young children being glued onto iPads. Instead of iPads, I want Elise to get hooked on books, LEGOs and sports. Her dad can’t wait for her to be big enough to swim. I think she loves being in the water because she keeps smiling and kicking her chubby legs around the tub during bath time. I can’t wait. 

Anyway, that’s how Elise had her first party. 🙂